Third graders become history detectives, unearthing an archeological mystery from early 1800s.
There is something special about third grade. It’s the first year for official homework—a milestone for many students. Language arts classes explore novels and literature from a variety of historical and cultural sources. In social studies, the past comes alive through a study of 19th-century New England, with a focus on Connecticut. Students visit significant sites, conduct art projects, read primary source documents, and learn songs and stories from the time. Science, math, and STEM classes involve robotics, new mathematical expressions, inventions and animal habitats. After their introduction and exposure to Spanish and Mandarin from kindergarten through second grade, third graders (and their families) choose one of these languages and embark on a cultural and linguistic journey that will extend throughout their years at Foote.
In early spring, Kindergartners tap Foote’s sugar maples to learn about making sap into syrup. The unit combines science, math, social studies and language arts, ending with a celebratory sap boil and pancake breakfast.
Assistant Head of School
Beth Mello oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.